League One bound Sunderland are hoping to beat a number of Championship and Scottish Premiership teams to the signing of Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, according to The Scottish Sun.
McGinn has been chased by the likes of Celtic and Rangers in the past but new Sunderland manager Jack Ross is hoping to bring him to The Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats, who suffered back-to-back relegations to plummet to the third tier, recently appointed Ross as Chris Coleman’s successor and the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year is already looking north of the border for his transfer targets.
McGinn, who is rated at £3m by Hibs, is entering the final year of his contract and is attracting plenty of attention.
The 7-cap Scotland international has also been chased by Brighton and Bournemouth in the past, as well as the two Scottish giants, but Sunderland are hoping to win this race.
The 23-year-old is one of the most highly rated central midfielders in Scotland and Ross is hoping to tap into that talent.
Ross is running the rule over his side at the moment but is readying a swoop for McGinn as a marquee signing to kick-start Sunderland’s summer spending.
If Sunderland could somehow pull this off, it could be an early contender for the best signing in League One next season.
McGinn’s quality in midfield is far superior to League One level and surely he would fire them to promotion.
Whether McGinn would want to play League One football – after previous links with Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership sides – remains to be seen, though.
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